Illahee 9/28/17 Rotary Shelter Dedication Today

ROTARY SHELTER DEDICATION TODAY.   Illahee residents are invited to the dedication today (Thursday) at 5:30 pm of the new Rotary picnic shelter at the Illahee Preserve’s Almira entrance.

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SHORT MEET & GREET CEREMONY.  Come and meet the members of the East Bremerton Rotary Club who have adopted the Preserve and provide it with some amazing gifts and volunteer support, along with Kitsap County officials and Bremerton’s Mayor Patty Lent.

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Jim Aho

Illahee 9/25/17 Illahee Wetland Makes Front Page, Hidden Wetland Complex, Tire Rims Found, Rotary Shelter Dedication Thursday, WYA Work Party Friday, Parks Open House Oct 3

Illahee Wetlands Make Front Page.  Some amazing wetlands make the front page of the Kitsap Sun for the third time in 10 years.  Again we are impressed with the Sun as you read the linked story: http://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2017/09/21/illahee-storage-proposal-mired-wetland-debate/690955001/

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Hidden Wetland Complex.  Thick brush has hidden this wetland complex of some of the most beautiful skunk cabbages for years from the average Preserve user.  Neither the streams running through it or the wetlands show up on any county maps.  The only reference to it that we have found is in Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports of it being “wet”, and is the reason it was never sold to be commercially developed like the other property along State Route 303.   
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Tire Rims Found.  The only sign of human activity were some tire rims that were possibly being stolen from the former Eastside Auto Wrecking yard.  They likely got bogged down in the thick brush and boot eating mud and decided to leave them there.  We need to get a photo of them next time we are in the area, and before the fall rains begin.
 
Rotary Shelter Dedication Thursday.  The new picnic shelter installed by the East Bremerton Rotary Club will be dedicated at 5:30 pm on Thursday (9/28) by the Rotary, KC Commissioner Ed Wolfe, Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent, and KC Sheriff Gary Simpson.
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WYA Work Party Friday.  Then on Friday Washington Youth Academy (WYA) cadets will man wheel barrows and other tools to get the Preserve ready for the winter with chips on the trails and many other tasks.
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Parks Open House Oct 3.  Another important date is the following Tuesday (10/3) where you can express you ideas of what you’d like to see in our parks at an Open House Forum at the Eagles Nest building at the Fairgrounds from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 9/12/17 Preserve Fires, Saturday Fire, Monday Fire, Photos, Port Public Hearing, Comp Plan Goals

Preserve Fires.  Fires in the Illahee Preserve are the biggest concern, especially with such an extended dry season.  The fire danger is high as signs around the Preserve indicate.

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Saturday Fire.  This fire was a small one in the middle of the Golf Course Loop trail. 
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Monday Fire.  We don’t know who reported the Monday fire but the smoke was visible for miles and King 5 had a photos with the Olympic Mountains in the background.  Thankfully it was off the Power Line which made it more accessible and special thanks to CKFD for their quick response!  The Preserve and Illahee dodged a big one!
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Encampment.  Reports noted an encampment close by.  We found signs of mail scattered along the trail that wasn’t there two weeks earlier when a Washington Youth Academy crew was clearing the power line trail.  The encampment was in the Wildlife Preserve area that isn’t open to the public.
 
Photos.  We just missed getting a photo of Canada geese with the deer shown under the apple tree.
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Port Public Hearing.  The Port of Illahee held a public hearing on Monday where they presented their Comprehensive Plan.  Comments are encouraged over the next four weeks after which the Port will finalize the Plan.
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Comp Plan Goals.  The Comp Plan covers the Port’s plans for the next 6 years with the “Goals” section being a good summary.  The entire plan can be viewed on the Port’s website: portofillahee.com.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 9/7/17 Photos, White Deer, Gas Line Installation, Illahee Creek Benthic Testing, Salmonids Sighted, Summer Base Flow, Port Public Hearing, Port Comprehensive Plan, Preserve Shelter Dedication

Photos.  Thanks to Ginny for the deer photo.

 
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White Deer.  Several months ago a white deer was seen near the mouth of Illahee Creek and we are curious if it is a piebald or an albino.  A piebald deer is one with a genetic anomaly affecting its color.  Pie means mixed and bald is for white spots.  There have been quite a number of piebald deer seen in the area over the years with small patches of white, but so far none mostly white so we are hoping someone will get a photo of this one.
 
Gas Line Installation.  Traffic was down to one lane on Wednesday at the bottom of Illahee hill while a gas line was being pushed through under Illahee Road.
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Illahee Creek Benthic Testing.  Also on Wednesday Kitsap County was conducting benthic testing in Illahee Creek with the help of a couple of Stream Stewards.  The samples will be sent in and the results will tell the stream’s health.
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Salmonids Sighted.  The good news is salmonids were sighted swimming between pools.  A small dead one was found that appears to be a coho.
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Summer Base Flow.  With no rain for most of the summer many wonder what happens to small streams.  Illahee Creek has a base flow rate that doesn’t seem to change, even in the driest of season.  Hydrologist Joel Massmann many years ago estimated the summer base flow to be around half a CFS (0.5 cubic feet per second) and that is what the digital equipment showed it to be on Wednesday.
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Port Public Hearing,  Whenever port districts modify or update their Comprehensive Plan they are required to hold a public meeting so residents can have an opportunity to know what the plans are and to be able to comment on them.  The public hearing on the Port of Illahee’s Comp Plan will be held on Monday, 9/11/17 at 5 pm at the Sylvan Way library.  The public is encouraged to attend and comment.
 
Port Comprehensive Plan Draft.  A draft of the Comprehensive Plan is posted on the Port’s website: http://www.portofillahee.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Draft-Comprehensive-Plan-2018-REV-C.pdf
 
Preserve Picnic Dedication.  We received notice the East Bremerton Rotary will be dedicating the new picnic shelter they recently built at the Almira entrance to the Illahee Preserve on 9/28/17 at 5:30 pm.
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Jim Aho